GORDON’S BILL INCREASING JURISDICTIONAL AMOUNTS PASSED INTO LAW
Republic Act No. 11576, authored and sponsored by Senator Richard J. Gordon, which targets to help de-clog the dockets and speed up the disposition of cases of courts by expanding the jurisdictional threshold, was passed into law on Wednesday, August 4.
“We are in an era where justice has crawled so slowly and there are a lot of people who have waited for their cases to be called. As author and sponsor of RA 11576, we pushed for the passage of the law to help de-clog the dockets of our second level courts and to equalize the burden between the first level courts and the second level courts,” said Gordon.
“If we bring down the load of second level courts and give some to first level courts, the process of law will be faster,” he added.
Gordon, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights, pointed out that raising the jurisdictional threshold of second level and first level courts will address the delay in the disposition cases due to overloading of cases assigned per judge.
According to the Office of the Court Administrator of the Supreme Court, there are 21,269 pending civil cases at the first level courts (Municipal Trial Courts, Metropolitan Trial Courts, Municipal Circuit Trial Courts, Municipal Trial Courts in Cities), while there are 108,484 pending civil cases at the second level courts (Regional Trial Courts) as of December 2018.
“The phase of justice is turning slow. The important thing is we allow ourselves to require direct and efficacious solutions in a very expeditious manner. This is the body and soul of this law,” Gordon stressed.
Under the RA 11576, the jurisdictional threshold of our first level courts was expanded, and the following must be implemented:
- Civil actions involving title to, or possession of real property, or any interest therein where the assessed value of the property does not exceed Four Hundred Thousand Pesos (P400,000.00);
- Admiralty and maritime actions where the demand or claim does not exceed Two Million Pesos (P2,000,000.00); and
- Civil actions and probate proceedings, testate and intestate, where the value of the personal property, estate, or amount of the demand does not exceed Two Million Pesos (P2,000,000.00).
“With the introduction of the amendments, we hope that this will help with the speediness of the resolution of cases, and help our judges to de-clog their courts,” said Gordon.